Tired of pasta? Try this Italian cornmeal staple instead.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 sliced onion
1 sliced red bell pepper
1 minced garlic clove
2 sliced zucchini
2 sliced yellow squash
1 17-ounce tube of prepared polenta
1/2 cup jarred marinara sauce
1 cup shredded Italian cheese
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°F. Warm 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 sliced onion and 1 sliced red bell pepper; sauté until softened, 5 minutes. Add 1 minced garlic clove, 2 sliced zucchini and 2 sliced yellow squash; cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender and begin to brown, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Mist an 8-inch, square baking dish with cooking spray. Cut a 17-ounce tube of prepared polenta into 18 slices. Spread 1/2 cup jarred marinara sauce in bottom of dish. Top with 9 slices of polenta, then half of vegetable mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend over vegetables. Repeat layering, beginning with sauce, followed by polenta, then vegetables and then cheese.
Bake until heated through, cheese is melted and sauce bubbles, 35 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve hot.
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This was so delicious and very quick and easy to make. The measurements for the tomato sauce appear to be off, but I just put in what it looks like it needs. We paired it with roasted asparagus and sourdough bread. Will make again!
Loved how easy & economical this recipe was - compared to regular lasagna which is quite labor intensive. The convenience of the prepared polenta tubes is a plus, I like to get the flavored ones like basil or sundried tomatoes - they're really inexpensive at Trader Joes. This dish is a bit light on the protein, so I added a can of drained & rinsed cannellini beans (but any beans would work). Also, next time I'll make it with some fresh herbs or italian seasonings. LOVE that you can use almost any veggie in your fridge in this!!
Delicious! Easy; you can make it and throw it in the oven to cook for a while. It's also really easy to add new vegetables...if you have some leftovers that you need to use up! Great vegetarian dish, and healthy (if you reduce the cheese!). I also use home-made polenta and spread thick layers instead of using pre-made tubes...
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